Dance, Revenant, Dance

October 31, 2008

 Shocking Space Revelation for Revenant : (Dr Who Spoilers)

David Tennant is to stand down as Doctor Who, after becoming one of the most popular Time Lords in the history of the BBC science fiction show.

Tennant stepped into the Tardis in 2005, and will leave the role after four special episodes are broadcast next year.

 

Ce n’est pas le Medicin?!?

He made the announcement after winning the outstanding drama performance prize at the National Television Awards.

“When Doctor Who returns in 2010 it won’t be with me,” he said.

Cry, Pansy, Cry

“Now don’t make me cry,” he added. “I love this part, and I love this show so much that if I don’t take a deep breath and move on now I never will, and you’ll be wheeling me out of the Tardis in my bath chair.”

‘I’ll miss it’

 I won’t miss you. With the rifle.

Just kidding. Hope the new doctor to be just as cool. Up to eleven, eh? They better give him a good send off. Nothing less than the resurrected Master in a Christmas special.Whoever could be next? Younger still? Toddler Doctor? Baby Einstein Doctor? Zygote Doctor? Doctor-the-glint-in-the-milkman’s-eye?

Feeling so blue....

Feeling so blue....

Yes, I know I’m not even supposed to be here today.

Find the full article at:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7698539.stm

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The Silly Marillion (spoilers)

October 25, 2008
FLCL: Seen

6 episodes – if EVA had been that short, it might have been more bearable. Ta-kun definitely was more so than Shinji. A Gainax production of a kid in a robot fighting aliens under the watch of a strange agency while indecisive in relations between three different girls, yes I can make that comparison.

The soundtrack is awesome. The sound of The Pillows is as iconic as that of Cowboy Bebop. It is not a disservice to say that the show is built around the themes rather than other way round. I like Crazy Sunshine and Little Busters.

The art is beautiful. As with many such 6-12 episode series ( that even extends to the dr who series ) the production value is high in the sense that every still frame appears to have been drawn, nay painted, by either Hayo Miyazaki, Tony Taka or Alex Ross.

The story – it expresses the ideas of anxiety around growing up very well. A guy has a horn growing out of head he can’t control – thats acne, right?

Right?

Anyway, its the kind of randomness that’ll make you leap upon the raft of causality when the narrative mentions a tenuous conspiracy plot, sandwiched between scenes of the obscenely strange and the perfectly observed mundane.

Ta-kun, the son of a bizarre publisher-baker and grandson of a pornagraphic retired baker, brother of a burgeoning baseball star in America, friend to the girlfriend (ex) of that brother, friend to the daughter of disgraced local politician, living in the town Mabuse, whose skyline dominated by the iron-shaped Medical Mechanica building. The preceding sentence makes little sense, and so does Ta-kun’s life when he gets hit on the head with a drawstring guitar by the moped loving alien hunter, who proceeds to dominate his life and make weird robots emerge from his head.

Its excellent and I need to get a dose of opening and closing themes regularly.

Haibane Renmei: Seen

Its like the exact opposite of Elfen Lied, with a polarity shift in the time devoted to darkness, but when it goes dark its very dark.

Like Genshiken, it shifts from who you think the lead is going to be to somebody else’s story. It starts with Rakka, who awakens in a small town, walled upon all sides, with wings and (eventually) a halo. She is called, and lives with other beings like herself as haibane. The individual haibane only live in the town (which has a regular human population) for a few years. Then their Day of Flight comes, personal to each and known to each, and they disappear. Those who do not take their day of flight . . . do they become crows? Become the mysterious cloaked Toga who are the only ones to walk beyond the town bounds? Die?

The threat lies in Reki, whose Day of Flight seems to approach. As this proceeds, we get the feeling that the haibane are, though never explicited stated, the dead that have time yet to serve, problems yet to resolve, and that if they do not resolve it on a basic emotional level, the circle of sin for some, then thats it forever. Reki, more than any other character, reflects Rakka’s stages of development, and foeshadows her future.

Essentially, its the most beautifully drawn, happy-sad anime I’ve seen. Definitely a first showing to the right type of audience.

Ah Kyu.

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Seen

Ah, there is a much better review of this on the internet. Its on the blog marked ‘revenant’ to side there. However, something appears to be eating its data alive, so until thats resolved, let this poor example be its understudy stand-in.

 A little explanation. A friend of mine began using some very strange language on bebo, such as “Don’t believe in the me who believes in you, believes in the you who believes in himself.” Also, there were strange icons of a green-tinted sunglasses wearing fellow.

As such, I decided to investigate, and, well, I caught the meme. And this show does have a meme. Spiral beings are every set-busting, rule-breaking, magic-shattering, mind-smashing, sons of monkeys that bust up the formal status quo.

The shows boundaries are therefore burned through every few shows, doing in a season what it would take several to do, if at all. Simon the Digger, Kamina and Yoko go beyond that original set up very quickly, and so well written that every step made sense, felt right, and fit in with the series theme.

Simon and Kamina, in busting out of their underground village, discover the topside to be dominated by Gurrens (mecha) driven by various beastmen. This is the perfect set up for a seasonal gurren-of-the-week, which is rejected out of hand. It instead moves on, and on, and on, and on, and on, spiralling through to the universe to the infinity of the other side.

The characters I adore without comment.

The story shouldn’t work – it should jump the shark every other episode, but doesn’t.

The soundtrack is quite awesome, with its strange mix of classical themes and ‘Fight the Power’ rhythm.

Beautiful ending, you know. Don’t why a kid was trying to drill a coconut, but it was beautiful all the same. Don’t know if the mole-pig runt Boota had power of its own, or its exposure brought it out. Even that shouldn’t have worked, but did. Not a big point, but seeing as he was in human form at the start of the first episode (with its ambiguity in time), I wasn’t sure if he was a descendant of an early spiral knight being who deevolved into pig moles, or if that little flash was of late-Simon era Boota.

I really liked Rossiu. Crazy religious guy who converts and thus becomes more terrible than original adherents is rarely done so well.

Very rewatchable. Very first time friendly.

Ah, Kamina. And Kittan. And Nia. The Yoko kiss of death.

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzimiya: Seen

This little recommendation was another little life long love.

Kyon, our narrator, who dreamily wished that the strange was real as a child, then cast that aside, comes into a world where is the only normal human. This little world consists of three beautifully written characters – Yuki, the interface-purpose human data module, Mikuru-chan, the time-travelling jailbait and Itzumi, the transfer-student esper. All of these centre around the one, the only, believer in all, super utility talent mystery girl, Haruhi Suzimiya.

Ah, to explain her. Impossible. To describe her. Improbable. To defy her. Undoable. Sufficed to say, the first episode doesn’t feature her until the last few seconds, but by the time its over you have an exact grasp of her character. You probably know someone like her. From a distance.

I’ve overused this line to much in these reviews, but its a common theme in the shows I like best that they observe unidentified, universal gestures, experiences and situations. The way Yuki raises the book cover slightly when she is asked what she is reading, to the way they have her talk by simply sitting reading a text. The way they have Itzumi pause to discuss his emotions in the scene of a poor student movie, to his offhand comments about the state of existence. Mikuru’s high pitched whining to her kerfuffles in time travel. All nailed so perfectly that they slip so easily into the mind.

I liked Kyon. A good little narrator. Witty. Last episode narration just beautiful. He does it with panache were so many other males do it with contempt or shame. I’m actually interested in the manga for this one, and I’ll have to find out if its My Thing. Hopefully it is.

Ah, Asakura. Before she turned out be a sociopathic murdering robot, I might have felt sorry for her data disintegration.

Good bye World.

Trigun: Seen

If you want a Fireflyesque show about a guy who can shoot people better any human, nay any carbon-based non-chlorroflyll beings and chooses not to ever, ever take a life, and backs that up at his own expense. Its off the wall, hilarious, painful, tragic, wise enough to be quiet, brave enough to be foolish and thoughtful enough to end.

Vash the Stampede, most feared man on the planet Gunsmoke, is an individual of plant parallel evolution whose speed, strength and reaction times leave humans in the dust. These abilities are shared by his brother Knives, who nobody knows about, and thus no-one fears as much as they should. Vash, on the other hand, has an unlimited knowledge of gunplay and would never take any form of life. And he backs it up, and that is such a rare theme in any narrative form, that I feel the need to repeat. Its hard, it’d be easier in so many ways, he could save so many more good folk, and his friends, and he never relents.

Its like that Dr Who episode where he gets to say “Nobody dies!”

It was like Green Arrow, but could confront the issue of a realistic non-anachronistic killing weapon being used for a non-fatal use.

It was Back to the Future III where he takes a bullet in the oven plate.

It was Shepherd Book and the Operative, (I just read ‘Those Left Behind’ – awesome!). It was  Bilbo sparing Gollum, it was Light-dono sparing Mihael, etc.

It was Batman.

I’m probably letting the eye of nostalgia overselling it, but I’m interested in a show that either denies death or makes it happen only to those defined as non-people. The death of the man with cross filled with heavy mercy was one of a choice not to survive on the bones of others. It is not proud, does the impossible, and thus makes it mighty.

Here endeth the lesson

Also, I finished Death Note. I can see why there would be a much preferable ending. I think of it an elseworlds tale whose examination of a Light whose psychosis only exacerbated upon unplanned revelation to the point of total mental breakdown. I’d like to read this manga ending.

Read:

Ex Machina – First Hundred Days:

He is a superhero, quits, becomes a mayor of New York, (before Heroes). The order in which this is presented are flash backs that seem to be composited quite carefully. A lot of implieds dropped in the first issue. This has been out of the corner of my for a while, and it totally fufilled. Good stuff. More later.

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman.

Like American Gods, unlike it, Gaiman claimed he wrote it after people he though Pratchett did the comedy in Good Omens. Silly puppets. Hilarious observational stuff. Lets put this way: There are two fairly impossible scenes about an entirely unanticipated cheap flight to Saint Andrews and the resulting taxi cab to hotel that only differ from what happened to Gaiman in two respects: One, for Gaiman the Island was Barbados, not Saint Andrews, and two, for Gaiman, when the driver pulled the car in a one-eighty hand brake turn, it was to pluck a nutmeg from a tree, not a lime.

A mythology anthology all his own.

Anime Bar

The Chili Peppers had a song called Animal Bar. Quite recommendable.

The Anime Bar has a similarly random theme. In the Anime Bar, Kamina and Kittan are constantly fighting joint hosts and Nia head cook whose food nobody can eat.

In the Anime Bar, Maes Hughes shows pictures of his child to anyone, and dandles the Tucker girl on his knee while she feeds Alexander under the table.

In the Anime Bar, Kyu sups at a lemonade while sketching a flight device on a bar napkin. Reki is painting a painting in tomato ketchup. Maybe its a smiling train, maybe its a sun coming out after rain, who knows.

In the Anime Bar Kaji and Kaoru munch on melon from the brunch menu. Misato Katsuragi chugs away regardless, but she’ll need help getting home as always.

In the Anime Bar the man with the cross full of mercy gives a sermon between drinks.

In the Anime Bar, Spike is watching the TV for another bounty. Theres a girl there called Julia, like the Beatles song.

ITAB Mr. Hibiya discusses economics with the original Yumi.

ITAB Light-dono is reading a notebook with great interest. There are many police officers around him. There are no shinigami here but Rem and Jealous.

ITAB, I’m not going to lie to you, there are a lot of the Elfen Lied cast. Pretty much all of them. There is a shortage of chairs. There is a little girl with a dog getting along alot better now.

ITAB, which crosses genres quite easily, there is a man with dinosaur toys making shadow puppets on the wall while a Shepherd observes the good Reverend with great interest and some humour.

And why this diversion? Because that is 2,000+ words and I’m taking next week off.

Remember: Love and Peace!


Hoard of the Things (spoilers)

October 18, 2008

YET MORE:

Evangelion:

Ah Eva. If you haven’t been mindf**kd before, and you’re not sufficiently interested to read the Gormenghast trilogy, worth a watch.

Essentially, this details the tale of Shinji Akari, the latest identified ‘child’; a handful of young folk with the ability to pilot EVAs – orga/mechas. These are increasingly necessary as the world was slaughtered en masse some years previously by a mysterious impact, and now ‘angels’ (massive creatures, apparently predicted in the dead sea scrolls) are out to finish the job.

Shinji s painfully awkward, occasionally giving the feeling that he could finally give himself over to the fight, but instead just whines (as we all would in that situation, but how dare he remind us!). We follow his rebuffing by Oska Soryu Langley, Rei Ayanami, Misato Katsuragi, and so on. As with chobits, I focused on the vignettes. Thats not a generalism – in these stories, any character that gets too much screen time turns into a pervert Oedipus/Electra complex character that beats themselves with a stick, or are apparently oblivious of all social mores. The side characters generally cut off before that point.

Oska – annoying as hell, why couldn’t she be lead?

Essentially, I can’t recommend it, because if you see it on the basis of that, you will kill me. Its part anime right of passage, part Gainax travesty, and part one of the greatest conspiracy mecha psychological, disgusting strange little box of horrors.

Oh, Kaiji and Kaoru.

Not a first time anime.

Fullmetal Alchemist:

52 Episodes! A movie! The original manga still going! Millions of doujinshi.

This is also a rite of passage, but a good kind. Edward and Alphonse Elric, after the departure of their alchemist father attempt to resurrect their mother after she dies. Not only do they fail, tragically, but they leave with less than they came with – edward, his arm and leg, alphonse, his entire body. In a quest to reclaim their lost limbs and lives, they seek the knowledge in alchemy offered by the war-driven State Military, in this otherwordly Germany-like place.

Its clever, witty, tragic, funny, illiciting of horror and illiciting of hope. The ‘magic’ system is thoughtfully portrayed, neither a barrier to drama nor something put into its place. Its schizophrenic switch between terrific times and terrifying climes will keep you guessing if it will end one way, or another, if it is one thing or another.

Ah, Maes Hughes.

Genshiken:

If you haven’t seen any anime before, this may not make much sense. If you have, you’ll wonder who followed you and your friends around with camcorder.

The opening titles of the first episode are for a fictional in-show that appears to conform to every anime stereotype in existence throughout its course. When looking at the Members of Genshiken, the Society for the Examination of Audio Visual Culture, one sees every otaku stereotype.

We have the ostensible lead (more on that story later), who is joining the club as the story opens, having problems accepting his own otaku-ness. We have Madarame, the hardcore otaku, who has no shame in his interests – quite the opposite. We have Kuga-pi, the speech-impedimented artist who really doesn’t like to show his stuff. We have Oh-no, the cosplay clubber, and Tanaka, who makes her outfits. Finally, there is the ‘Chairman’, who looks oddly like Bill Gates and apparently tapes everybody.

Then we have Kohsaka, the second-least obvious member : he is popular, good-looking, unabashed and a peerless polymath of the technical. Being perfect, he could never be a main. Therefore, we have Sakie Katsukabe, whose story is told to the eyes of the theoretical protaganist. She is sarky, angry, and filled with anti-otaku intent. She informs the world as the other side of the gap our lead stands across.

Overall, Genshiken is hilarious, poignant, beautifully animated and extremely well written. Over the OVA, we pick up Ogiue, an otaku who despises otaku, and Kuuchi-chan, who is just . . . wrong. Ingenious, the second season steps up the art quality visibly, and comes to a redolent finish that finishes the college lives of the clubmembers (for the most part) and does so with a panache of execution that exists throughout the season: it exactly nails sensations and situations one can never quite articulate as they are put here.

When I say its not a first timer, I mean they might not get the references. The jokes are fairly universal and the drama definitely is.

Ghost in the Shell: (Movies, Show and Movie based on the Show)

Ah, its like: CSI, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Blade Runner (and difference between the manga, movie and show is analgous to the dif between DAD of ES and BR), Alias and the Matrix, except the last was based on Gits, not the other way around.

In general, these tales follow Motoko Kusanagi and her team. The series examines politics and crime in a cyberpunk world where androids with white blood and humans with the same blur lines and put into question the soul and intelligence. It is far less episodic than, say Cowboy Bebop, but there is those same elements of isolated stories that question the scale of the universe.

Next Week: Conclusion. Have finished Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Oh, yes. Oh yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes . . . . .


The (Anime) Snobbit

October 11, 2008

Book Update: €25 – Blew it on Terry Pratchett’s Nation and stationery supplies. Will report later. Preliminary: Awesome. Hasn’t written a non-Discworld one in a while, and this is a spectacular work, dealing with origin themes and concepts of self he has explored in throughout the Bromeliad Trilogy, Strata and Dark Side of the Sun. Witty, clever and still able to turn perceptions at the drop of a hat, this was interesting work. Felt the Cutty Wren could have been given a little more airtime, particularly the Reservoir Dogs-esque Gentlemen of Last Resort.

And now onto the regularly scheduled Anime:

Chobits: SEEN

This should be a perverted show. In theory. A guy finds a computer in the shape of girl, in a world where such things are common, and hilarious antics ensue in his being by turns aroused, ashamed of his arousal, and being a really stand up guy. To be honest, the main relationship only has a slight pull on me here, and I find myself drawn on by the examination of the full scale robot workforce and concepts surrounding the emulation of humanity, with ostensible perfection, replacement and fulfilment. The outrageous coincidences and happenstances were easier to ignore than anything else, and merely examine the small vignettes they allowed – Yumi and the Baker, the Kid and the Maid, the Roommate and the Ex-Wife, etc. – I liked these in relationship and thematic terms.

Also, I liked Yohmiko. If the alarm on my phone would dance around with a tambourine in the morning, encouraging me to wakey-wakey excercises . . . well that sucker would be smashed on day two. But it might be nice once.

Not an anime first time recommendation, I imagine, but something good none the less. If you come across an Assimov-loving, cheesecake desiring, short story fanatic with ‘type A anime lead’, then try it.

Apparently there is a gentle prequel called ‘Angelic Layer’ which features the Kid’s sister.

Cowboy Bebop: SEEN

Best soundtrack ever. A little way in, you should suspend you disbelief that the bounty hunters will often be friends with the person being chased, or another bounty hunter, or find something apparently impossible, and rarely make any sort of profit. The ex-cop, the ex-yakuza, the amnesiac, the supergenius and the canine version of the Maltese Falcon – this is so noir its got a jazz soundtrack all of its very own, which alone makes it worth watching. Once you let go of the cartoonish fits of survivable explosion and space crashes being switched to people dying from a single gunshot, its just good stuff. Take them on their own.

The linking plot was beyond me for most of it. Spike’s story dominated naturally, and as I result I often preferred the stand alone and other stories. Also, Spike isn’t dead, that’d just be silly.

Silly I say.

The film was also good. I’m sure it was set during the series continuity because Spike would have had to heal for some time after the season finale, where he did not die.

Indeed.

Its a good show, with all the showiness of showmanship. A fun show to show people, particularly to show a good mixture of references to Western and Eastern tv shows and movies. The bounty hunter show was like a microcosm of the show overall, in that it got cancelled.

Death Note: Watching

I’m up to the Tennis episode. Excellent stuff. Very clever, and doesn’t rely on it.

Essentially, the greatest high school student in Japan, nay, the world, finds a Shinigami’s Death Note – with stipulations on name and face knowledge, this can be used to kill indiscriminately. When the student realises this, the reaction to the apparent worthless nature of life, coupled with his own sociopathic tendancies, appear to drive him to re-establish himself as God of World filled with only those he sees as just, by killing off criminals. Equally talented is the investigator ‘L’, whose methods of deduction are generally a step ahead or behind in a deadly game of shadow boxing between the two.

Overseeing this is the affable Shinigami Ryuk, who thankfully did not choose Light as his Death Note’s carrier, merely dropped for the kick of seeing who picked it up, and thus relieves the work of fate and fortune alike. In many ways he serves as the means for Light to voice his internal monologues.

Apparently the manga ending is much preferably so I shall have to WAIT AND SEE.

Elfen Lied:

Devil girls with horns are born in a city by the sea. Is it a curse, an accident, an experiment gone wrong, or one gone right? Brutal, these sociopath telekinetics destroy all before them, either out of innate nature or the equal brutal nuture of the humans who encounter them. It never decides these questions, merely explores them.

The protaganist is a lot more likeable when you realises he takes in the strange girl and ignores her powers when you realise that its not because he is absent mindedly kind, but because he is that and he is suppressing memories to put off a psychotic break. That shouldn’t make you like him more, but it allows me to do so quite easily.

And that is 1000 words. Join me next week for some more anime I like.

This isn't real but should be. Can I trade it for a movie that is but shouldn't be? Please.

This isn't real should be. Much like the Batman Superman movie, or the one where Scratchy gets Itchy.

Also: Conor Lynch Comics returns with The Adventures of Clyde! – the recent inheritor of a godsword is rather more devilish than its previous holders. Find it on the ‘Conor’ link on the right of this page. See the new comic, look through the old, visit the forums.


The Didly Hollows

October 4, 2008

Tengen - reasons to be cheerful

Tengen - reasons to be cheerful

Anime: Seen:

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya:

Haruhi (during class introductions): I’m Haruhi Suzumiya, from East Junior High. First off, I’m not interested in ordinary people. But, if any of you are aliens, time-travelers, or espers, please come see me. That is all!

-*-

Haruhi: Say… have you ever realized how insignificant your existence is on this planet?

Kyon: <Mentally> What are you talking about?

Haruhi: I have. It’s something I’ll never forget. During elementary school, when I was in the sixth grade, the whole family went to watch a baseball game at the stadium. I wasn’t particularly interested in baseball… but I was shocked once we got there. There were people everywhere I looked. The ones on the other side of the stadium looked like squirming grains of rice all packed together. I wondered if every last person in Japan had gathered in this place. And so… I asked my dad. “Exactly how many people were in the stadium?” His answer was that a sold-out game meant around fifty thousand people. After the game, the path to the station was flooded with people. The sight stunned me. So many humans around me… yet they only made up a fraction of the people in Japan. Once I got home, I got a calculator and did the math. We learned that the Japanese population was a hundred million or so in social studies. Divide fifty thousand into that… and you only get one two-thousandth. I was stunned again. Not only was I just one little person in that sea of people in that stadium… but that sea of people was merely a drop in the ocean. I had thought myself to be a special person up until that point. I enjoyed being with my family, and most of all, I thought that my class in my school had the most interesting people in the world. But that was when I realized it wasn’t like that. The things that happened in what I believed to be the most enjoyable class in the world could be found happening in any school in Japan. Everyone in Japan would find them to be ordinary occurrences. Once I realized this… I suddenly found that my surroundings were beginning to lose their color. Brush my teeth and go to sleep at night. Wake up and eat breakfast in the morning. People do these things everywhere. When I realized that everyone did all these things on a daily basis… everything started to feel so boring. And if there were so many people in the world, there had to be someone living an interesting life that wasn’t ordinary. I was sure of it. Why wasn’t that person me? That’s all I could think about… until I graduated from elementary school. And in the process, I realized something. Nothing fun will happen if you sit around waiting. So I figured I would change myself in middle school. Let the world know that I wasn’t a girl content with sitting around and waiting. And I conducted myself accordingly. But in the end… nothing ever happened. Before I knew it, I was in high school. I thought something would have changed.

[A train approaches, rushes by]

Kyon: <Mentally> The train gave me time to decide if I should make a witty comment or quote some philosophical anecdote to fill up the silence.

Kyon: …I see.

Kyon: <Mentally> My inability to say anything else… made me feel a  bit melancholic

-*-

Cowboy Bebop:

Faye: You know the first rule in combat? [empties sub-machine gun through closed door] …shoot them before they shoot you.

-*-

Spike: There once was a tiger striped cat. This cat died a million deaths, revived and lived a million lives, and he was owned by various people who he didn’t really care for. The cat wasn’t afraid to die. One day the cat became a stray cat, which meant he was free. He met a white female cat, and the two of them spent their days together happily. Well, years passed, and the white cat grew weak and died of old age. The tiger striped cat cried a million times, and then died too. Except this time, he didn’t come back to life.

Jet: Yeah. That’s a good story.

Spike: I hate that story.

Jet: Huh?

Spike: I never liked cats, Jet. You know that.

Jet Oh yeah.

-*-

Chobits:

Chitose Hibiya: Your daddy told me that anything he thinks is small and hopelessly adorable is “Chobi” to him. That’s why you two are his “Chobits.” Another thing … my Ichiro told me that the word “Chobits” … is special to him …because it’s made up of the letters in my name – Chitose Hibiya. And that’s why they’re my children.” 

-*-

Ghost in the Shell: (Movies, Show and Movie based on the Show)

Major Motoko Kusanagi:

  • When I float weightless back to the surface, I’m imagining I’m becoming someone else. It’s probably the decompression.

 

  • There are countless ingredients that make up the human body and mind, like all the components that make up me as an individual with my own personality. Sure, I have a face and voice to distinguish myself from others, but my thoughts and memories are unique only to me, and I carry a sense of my own destiny. Each of those things are just a small part of it. I collect information to use in my own way. All of that blends to create a mixture that forms me and gives rise to my conscience.I feel confined, only free to expand myself within boundaries.
  • As revenge for the fact that two of my men were killed, I even set it up so he would shoot his own son – through a door.
  • Puppet Master: Your effort to remain what you are is what limits you.
  • Major Motoko Kusanagi/Puppet Master:
  • And where does the newborn go from here? The net is vast and infinite.
  • Batou: When I die, since I’m a real skeptic, I’m gonna gripe to the lord and make sure I get back my original investment when I’m reincarnated …

Still Watching:

Death Note:

Light: Why did you choose me?

Ryuk: (laughs) Don’t flatter yourself. All I did was drop the notebook, that’s all. You thought I chose you? Cuz’ you’re so smart or something? It just happened to land somewhere around here and you just happened to pick it up. That’s why I wrote the instructions in English-it’s the most popular languge in your world.

Light: Then why did you drop it?! Don’t tell me it was by mistake after you went and wrote all those instructions.

Ryuk: Why did I drop it? Because I was bored, that’s why.

-*-

Light: Even a fool is going to notice that somebody is bumping off the bad guys. I’m going to make the world know I’m here…that somebody is passing righteous judgement on them! And then nobody will commit crimes anymore. The world will start to become a better place. And while people who obviously deserve to be punished are dying of heart attacks…I’ll gradually be killing off immoral people and people who harass others, through illness and accidents. Even that will eventually be noticed by the idiot masses. They’ll realize they’ll die if they don’t change their ways…I’ll make this a world inhabited only by people I decide are good! Ryuk: You do something like that, the only one left with a bad personality will be you… Light: What are you talking about, Ryuk? I’m a serious, straight-A student…a model teenager and I..will reign over a new world!

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann:

Simon: That is Tengen Toppa! That is Gurren Lagann! MY DRILL IS THE DRILL THAT WILL PIERCE THE HEAVENS!!!

Kamina: Believe in yourself. Not the Simon who believes in me. Not the Kamina who believes in you. Have faith in the Simon…that believes in YOU.

-*-

Next Week: Actual details. This week: My sinuses are trying to kill me. Kamikaze nostrils – what can I say? Where is that drill ; I’m going to take the buggers and boogers with me . . .

Don't eat my brain, sinuses.

Don't eat my brain sinuses. Please. What large nostrils you have grandma. . .